Today's News

  • Fathers, daddies and families — it can be complicated

    By Linda Arnold

    Happy Father’s Day!

    This may seem like an innocent greeting today, although it can trigger all kinds of feelings.

    A family affair

    If you happen to fall into the idyllic Norman Rockwell definition of a healthy family, this is likely a pleasant day for you. Be sure to celebrate these special connections.

    If, on the other hand, you’re struggling with family issues, you’re not alone.

  • Carolina Shores grants final budget approval

    The Carolina Shores board of commissioners gave final approval a $2.274 million budget for fiscal 2019-2020 at their monthly meeting last Thursday, June 6.

    The budget includes maintaining the current ad valorem tax rate of .1016 cents per $100 of valuation, which Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall notes in his introduction marks the seventh straight year since 2012 without a tax increase for the town.

  • My cat’s eyes are red and runny: feline herpes conjunctivitis

    I recently ran into a previous client. Rather, she ran into me at full sprint after spotting me at a local concert.

    “Dr. Ward! I’m so glad to see you. My cat’s eyes are red and runny and driving her crazy! What is it?”

    While I couldn’t diagnose her cat with beach music blaring, I did offer her the following information. I began by discussing one of the more common reasons for red, runny eye in cats: feline herpes conjunctivitis.

    What is feline herpesviral conjunctivitis?

  • Drinking from the Stanley Cup

    I admit I don’t know much about ice hockey and I didn’t watch the recent National Hockey League finals, but I did get interested in it when I saw a news release and YouTube video about it from North Carolina State University Extension.

    Dr. Ben Chapman is originally from Canada, a great hockey fan and coach. He is also is our state Extension specialist in food safety. Chapman says he’s been waiting many years for his two areas of interest — food safety and hockey — to collide. And finally it did with the Stanley Cup.

  • Calabash Fire Department, May 2019

    The Calabash Fire Department set a new record for number of calls last month, responding to even more calls in May than it did in previous months when there were hurricanes, according to spokeswoman Honey Shore Chiocco.

    During the month of May 2019, the department responded to 240 calls: eight structure fires, seven woods/brush fires, one vehicle fire, nine fire alarms, eight motor vehicle accidents, two investigations, one mutual aid, 49 citizen assistance, three other and 152 EMS first-response calls.

  • West Brunswick High School Graduation

     Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    Despite gusting winds, brutal rain and hail, West Brunswick High School's class of 2019 displayed true Trojan determination and proceeded with commencement services Friday, May 31, without delay. Approximately 350 WBHS seniors collected their diplomas. 

  • Welcoming laughter and love in the workplace

     More and more, employers are receptive to pets in the workplace.  Employers and employees claim bringing their pets to work lowers stress, improves morale and boosts productivity. Pets may also create camaraderie within the workspace by encouraging interactions that may not have happened at all.

  • POSTPONED Cool summer fun splashes out Saturday at county complex

    Brunswick County Health Services “Splash into Summer” scheduled this Saturday, June 15, at the county government complex in Bolivia has been cancelled due to inclement weather. It will be rescheduled sometime in the fall, with a date to be determined.

    For more information call 253-2250.

  • Libraries turn page on latest summer reading programs

    Now that school’s out and summer’s almost here, local libraries are celebrating the season with children’s summer reading programs.

    This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories” at both Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte and the Southwest Brunswick Branch Library in Carolina Shores.

    Rourk Branch Library

    Registration for Rourk Branch Library’s Summer Reading Program began this week, starting Monday, June 3.

  • What Is This Mystery Plant?

     By John Nelson

    “And this our life exempt from public haunt

    Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,

    Sermons in stones and good in every thing.”

    Shakespeare, “As You Like It”

    This is the vine that the Girl Scouts tell us to recognize by its compound trifoliolate leaves (that is, with three leaflets) and that we are obliged to leave alone because it is poisonous.